First Look at Blue View

The 78-foot Bayliss displays outstanding craftsmanship from the noted custom boatbuilder

June 25, 2020
A Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat out on the water.
Blue View cruises easily at 37 knots, thanks to her twin MTU M96L 16V engines, rated at 2,600 hp each. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

May 2020 saw the world premiere of Blue View, a gorgeous 78-footer from Bayliss Boatworks in Wanchese, North Carolina. Hull No. 24 from the noted builder, the boat is the product of over 71,000 man-hours and nearly 30 months of labor.

A pair of MTU M96L 16V engines powers Blue View, each rated at 2,600 horsepower. The boat’s top speed is over 44 knots, with a cruising speed of 37.5 knots at 2,150 rpm. The engine room also contains two 38 kW Northern Lights generators, an Imtra hydraulic bow thruster and windlass, and emergency pump-out valving. The air-conditioned pump room contains a Dometic dual-chilled water air conditioner, dual FCI watermakers with dockside purification capabilities, and the new Bayliss freshwater cooling system for all mechanical components. For stabilization, she is equipped with a Seakeeper 30SHD.

The center-console helm of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The boat’s center-console helm design. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

Blue View is outfitted in a full natural teak package: Hand-selected teak boards comprise the boat’s transom, cockpit bulkhead, half round, toe rail, salon door, helm pod, and raised teak flybridge deck. Palm Beach Towers designed, built and installed the full tower. On the bridge, Blue View has a center-console layout; gear and rod lockers are plentiful, located within both bench seats. The forward bench houses two custom stainless-steel refrigerated boxes.


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Blue View’s cockpit is designed to be clean and simple, but also elegant and efficient. The mezzanine area features custom freezer and refrigerated boxes, a drink box, a large ice bin, and plenty of tackle storage. There is a grill housed within the upper mezzanine, as well as a built-in livewell supply in the transom fish box.

The electronics setup and helm of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
A closer look at the electronics setup and genuine teak helm pod. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

For the interior, as with each Bayliss Boatworks build, one large teak log was utilized for all veneers in order to ensure grain consistency. Among the boat’s interior features, the salon contains two custom air-actuated television lifts and a U-shaped sofa. The striking leather-finish Persian Caramel granite installed throughout the upper and lower levels compliments the teak veneers on the surrounding cabinetry.


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The galley features SubZero refrigerators and freezer, Miele speed oven and cooktop, and Hoshizaki ice maker. The walk-in pantry and day head on the upper level provide convenience; the day head also contains a washer and dryer, concealed by teak cabinetry.

The interior salon of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The spacious, comfortable salon. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

Upon entering Blue View’s lower level, a spacious tackle room sits just off the companionway. Sleek, accessible reel storage showcases the equipment above teak cabinetry. Focal points in both the VIP and master staterooms are stunning olive ash burl headboards. The walls in each of these rooms conceal custom fabricated air-actuated Pullman bunks for additional guest accommodation.


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The guest stateroom contains two bunks, with cubbies containing drink holders and USB charging ports, as well as a hanging locker and a private head. Just off the main companionway, a teak spiral staircase leads down to the crew stateroom and head, and also provides access to the pump room and engine room.


  • Length: 78′
  • Beam: 21′ 8″
  • Draft: 5′ 10″
  • Fuel: 2,700 gallons
  • Water: 450 gallons
  • Power: Twin MTU M96L 16V, 2,600 hp each
  • Stabilization: Seakeeper 30SHD
  • Generator: Two 38kw Northern Lights
  • Watermaker: Two FCI 1,850-gallon per day with DTS
The pull out rod storage of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
Pull-out rod storage beneath the dinette. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
Fishing reel storage of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
Reel storage in the custom tackle center. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
LP reel storage in a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
Additional storage for the boat’s LP reels. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
Pull-out liquor storage in the galley of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
Pull-out liquor storage in the salon. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
The interior galley of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The galley, with the Persian Caramel granite counters. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
A master stateroom in the Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The boat’s master stateroom. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
THE VIP stateroom of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
One of the VIP berths, with the Pullman bunk lowered. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
The hidden storage compartment under a bed of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The VIP also has storage for the boat’s fighting chair when not needed. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
olive ash burl headboards used as a headboard in the staterooms of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The olive ash burl headboards are the focal point in the master and VIP staterooms. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
The engine room of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The well-laid-out engine room. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks
The stark white engine room of a Bayliss Boatworks sport fishing boat.
The boat’s air-conditioned pump room, forward of the engine room and accessible via a spiral staircase just off the main companionway. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks


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